Day 4

May 13, 2018 | miles 77.1 to 106.2 |  Eagle Rock

 

Everyone says to start the hike slow before ramping up, and now I’m starting to understand why. Plantar growing in my right foot. Plantar starting in my left foot. Left knee starting to ache since I ran down the hill to Scissors Crossing rather than walking it carefully. Turns out it’s not the muscles that give out early – it’s everything. Your tendons, joints, skin – everything comes together like a well-oiled machine, and any broken pieces will give you a bad time.

Sunrise departure from Scissors Crossing
Hiding from the sun in whatever shade we can find

I wasn’t the only one struggling; Felix was feeling the ground all too well though the bottom of his very worn out shoes, so we ended up hiking together quite a bit.

Crossing mile 100!
Ascending out of the last water before Eagle Rock
Golden Meadows leading up to Eagle Rock
Flying off from Eagle Rock!

Fortunately, the day was wrapped up with some of the prettiest views to date – endless meadows of yellow grass to a backdrop of green hills that we later entered before making camp at Eagle Rock. I’ll have to come back to this section again someday.

Sunset from Eagle Rock

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